Reviewed by johnnyjohnny from lake balboa, calif on Thursday, August 20, 2015
i've got half a dozen top brand hiking boots from danner to hanwag to alico. these are right there and deserve to be confirmed as one of the best.

sadly this fine boot is a closeout, meaning danner no longer makes them, but you can still get them on amazon and other sites selling them. they may be around for a year or more on these sites, but chances of getting your size will diminish over time, especially anything 11 to 12.5.

how are they to wear? out of the box they look incredible, and feel excellent, but of course will need at least some breakin...about as much as most premium thicker leather hikers. definitely not as much as my old school mountaineering alicos. which is fine...after an hour shopping and walking around the urban environs (sidewalks) after putting them on in the post office, they were already conforming, fitting, breaking in.

these may be discontinued over the apparent backlash over the American brand of danner making many of their shoes over seas, especially at premium prices. THiS would be the premiere example of that, originally selling on the danner website for $279 and being made in Vietnam. that said, aside from being a half size smaller than danner American made versions (i wear an 11.5 in the danner mountain light), there is nothing about this that would suggest foreign made or less than premium U.S. made. still, i did need to roll the dice a bit in my mind before buying, and the heavily discounted price (got them for $150) played a part in that. but make no mistake, compared to the U.S. and Italian premium hiking boots i own, these are in that class.

if you want a premium pair of hikers that really look like they're made in Italy or the U.S. (as opposed to the Vietnam they are made in), i'd scoop these up while there are still stocks of them out there.
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